Philippines quake: Five deaths reported on Luzon

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The Philippines' Department of Transportation earlier announced that operations at the airport would be suspended for 24 hours due to the damage.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said it was monitoring the status of transmission facilities in Luzon following the magnitude 6.1 natural disaster that hit large parts of the island on Monday afternoon.

A young girl and her grandmother were crushed to death when a wall fell in their house in Lubao town in Pampanga, a badly-hit province north of Manila, said provincial Governor Lilia Pineda.

Renato Solidum, who heads the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, said the late afternoon quake was centered near the northwestern town of Castillejos in Zambales province.

Residents posted photos on social of media showing a collapsed ceiling and light fixtures swinging in the moments after the quake.

Skyscrapers swayed from the force of the quake, causing frightened office workers to flee the high-rise buildings in the capital.

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Feliza Villanueva, 21, a business process outsourcing employee told AFP she and four colleagues were at work when the quake struck.

"Rescuers have been dispatched and people say they hear screaming from the rubble", she said.

"We planned how to evacuate the building. People looked in shock, but no one was shouting or anything like that", she said. The agency said it had a preliminary magnitude of 6.1.

Dani Justo, a martial arts instructor, told AFP she was at her southern Manila home when the quake struck. "My shih tzu (dog) dropped flat on the ground", she added.

The Philippines lies on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", which is a horse-shoe shaped volcano bands along with fault lines which circle the edges of the Pacific Ocean and remains seismically active.